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The Best Alternative Metal Bands

List Criteria: The bands on this list are ones played on alt rock stations

Different from other genres of heavy metal, alternative metal provides exactly what it's title describes: an alternative to traditional or classic metal bands. Fusing elements of classic rock with heavy metal, alt metal rose to prominence in the 1990s when bands with heavy riffs, a reliance on melody and a willingness to experiment with traditional metal song structures became popular. For a while, alternative metal bands were among the most popular bands in the world. The best alternative metal bands remain among the biggest bands bands in the world, and easily some of the best metal bands. Among alternative metal bands, these are the best

So, what is the best alternative metal band. Any alt metal bands list has to include metal bands like System of a Down, White Zombie, Faith No More, Tool and Korn. These alternative metal bands are among the top in the genre and are considered pioneers for helping popularize alt metal, in particular Korn with their Family Values Tour. While some may bleed over into nu-metal, that shouldn't effect their standing as one of the top alt metal bands. This should include all good alternative metal bands.

That said, it's up to you to decide what alternative metal bands should be considered the best. If you notice any alt metal band isn't on this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best alternative metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest alternative metal musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular alternative metal bands that you might've heard of. (85 items)

The Best Alternative Metal Bands Bands/Musicians
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    Toxicity, Hypnotize, Mezmerize

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    Ænima, Lateralus, 10

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    Dirt, Alice in Chains, Facelift

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    Rage Against the Machine, Evil Empire, The Battle of Los Angeles

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    Slipknot, Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), Iowa

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    Follow the Leader, The Vinyl Classics, Issues

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    City of Evil, Waking the Fallen, Avenged Sevenfold

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    Angel Dust, The Real Thing, King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime

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    White Pony, Around the Fur, Change (In the House of Flies)

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    Hybrid Theory, Living Things, Meteora

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    The Downward Spiral, The Fragile, With Teeth

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    Ten Thousand Fists, Believe, The Sickness

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    Phobia, We Are Not Alone, Saturate

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    One-X, Life Starts Now, Three Days Grace

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    Mer de Noms, Thirteenth Step, eMOTIVe

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    Wonder What's Next, Point #1, Music as a Weapon II

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    Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals, Portrait of an American Family ...

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    Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray, Remedy, Karma and Effect

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    Fallen, My Immortal, The Open Door

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    Sehnsucht, Rosenrot, Mutter

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    The Sinister Urge, Past, Present & Future

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    Faceless, IV, Awake

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    Potatoes for Christmas, Infest, Lovehatetragedy

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    Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Oceania

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    Kill, I Oughtta, L.D. 50

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    Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside

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    La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1, Astro-Creep: 2000: Songs of Love

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    Leave a Whisper, The Sound of Madness, Us and Them

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    Sailing the Seas of Cheese, Pork Soda, Frizzle Fry

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    Vulgar Display of Power, Cowboys From Hell, Far Beyond Driven

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    Vivid, Time’s Up, Stain

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    Halestorm, The Strange Case of..., Live in Philly 2010

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    Chapter V, 14 Shades of Grey, Break the Cycle

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    Without You I’m Nothing, Placebo, Black Market Music

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    Tip, The Greyest of Blue Skies, Finger Eleven

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    Bloody Kisses, October Rust, Dead Again

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    Brown, Testify, P.O.D.

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    Audioslave, Revelations, Out of Exile

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    Full Circle, Bodies, Sinner

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    Worlds Collide, Inquisition Symphony, Amplified // A Decade of Reinventing ...

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    Flyleaf, Memento Mori, New Horizons

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    Stronger, Awake, Rise

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    The Strength/The Sound/The Songs, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, Rock the ...

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    Next, Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow, Alpha

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    Wisconsin Death Trip, Machine, Cannibal

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    Killing With a Smile, Horizons, I Killed the Prom Queen / Parkway Drive: ...

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    Purple, Core, Tiny Music… Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop

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    Elect the Dead Symphony, Elect the Dead, Imperfect Harmonies

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    Short Bus, Title of Record, The Sun Comes Out Tonight

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    Define the Great Line, Lost in the Sound of Separation, They’re Only ...

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